The Towson University Institutional Review Board (IRB) follows a monthly deadline system for application submissions and reviews. Read further on for how the process works.
Access the online submission system, Kuali Protocols, by logging in with your TU NetID and password. Student investigators cannot be added to faculty protocols until they have logged into the system at least once.
A Principal Investigator (PI) Manual (PDF/DOCX) has been developed to help researchers navigate the IRB process and complete their application. The IRB strongly suggests that all researchers refer to this manual when preparing their proposals. Click on a topic within the Table of Contents to go directly to the section you wish to read.
The IRB has created a template consent form (PDF/DOCX) with required/optional sections, as well as recommended language that all TU investigators should adhere to. The IRB will heavily reference this template in their reviews. Please follow carefully to avoid minimum revisions after submission.
Not sure how to submit in the new system? View our Kuali Protocols User Guide PowerPoint.
In addition, you can visit the Kuali Protocols Support Page for step-by-step instructions on each phase of the submission and review process, including amending, renewing, and closing out protocols.
Full Board protocols must submitted no later than 12:00 PM on the next deadline date. Complete protocols and attached materials are transmitted to the IRB committee on the deadline date to give the members ample time to review ahead of the IRB meeting scheduled for the following week.
*Standard, Accelerated, and Amended applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Please allow time for administrative processing. You should expect a response within 2 weeks (10 business days) for accelerated review or 3 weeks (15 business days) for standard review within receipt of your confirmation email that it has been submitted to a reviewer.
The IRB reviews all proposals for human subjects' research before the research is conducted to ensure that the research plan adequately protects human subjects.
Each month has a deadline for when applications requesting full board review must be submitted by in order to be reviewed at the next IRB meeting. This is to guarantee that you will hear back on the status of your application in a timely manner.
Completed applications are due by 12:00 PM on the 2nd Friday of the month. Applications received after this date WILL NOT be sent for review until the next deadline.
NOTE: IRB meeting dates may be canceled if no requests for Full Board review are received.
|Application Deadlines||IRB Meeting Dates|
|March 10||March 17|
|April 14||April 21|
|May 12||May 19|
|June 9||June 16|
|July 14||July 21|
|August 11||August 18|
|September 8||September 15|
|October 13||October 20|
|November 10||November 17|
|December 8||December 15|
TU adheres to a strict deadline in order to promote fairness in review length timelines. Should you submit your application in advance of the next deadline, please note that your application will be processed, but will not be submitted for review to an IRB reviewer until that deadline date.